PSA Events


Upcoming Events


The Iran Forum Series
JULY 23 - The Iran Nuclear Deal: Pitfalls and Promises: Please join us at the Wilson Center for the fifth event in the Iran Forum series.

As international negotiators attempt to find diplomatic solutions to disputes over Iran's nuclear program, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks are hosting the fifth event in a series of public and Capitol Hill educational briefings on the challenges facing these men and women at the table with Iran. The coalition includes the U.S. Institute of Peace, RAND, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Arms Control Association, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center, the Partnership for a Secure America, the Ploughshares Fund, and staff from the Brookings Institution and the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies.

Click here for videos of all four public meetings.

PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention
The PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention is an educational program designed to provide congressional staff opportunities to engage with leading experts and fellow Capitol Hill staffers in bipartisan forums.

Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations
JULY 20 - Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations

While much of the policy debate around the conflict in Ukraine has been focused on short-term solutions such as providing lethal military aid, less attention has been paid to the broader security implications across Eastern Europe and the overall role of NATO in the conflict. This event will address why the conflict in Ukraine matters beyond immediate military and humanitarian intervention and will provide recommendations on the future of U.S. policy toward Russia.


The Flaw at the Heart of China's Reform Process: Implications for U.S.-China Relations
JULY 14 - Dr. Jamie Metzl, Co-chair of PSA's Board of Directors, discussed how domestic drivers are influencing China's foreign policy and diplomatic relations with the United States. This private lunch was for members of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program.

Past Events


Outlooks on Burma: Democracy, Human Rights, and Regional Significance
JUNE 11 - PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record discussion for Congressional staff on current developments in Burma, the upcoming November 2015 elections, and the future of U.S.-Burma relations. Speakers included Priscilla Clapp, former Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Burma (1999-2002); Susan Hayward, Interim Director of Religion and Peacebuilding at USIP's Center for Governance, Law and Society; and Walter Lohman, Director of the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation and former Senior Vice President and Executive Director at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council.

Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson
JUNE 8 - PSA hosted U.S. Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell, for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.

On the Ground in Egypt & UAE
MAR 9 - PSA's Dr. Graeme Bannerman, PSA Board member and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director, shared insight and information from his recent travels to Egypt and UAE.

Calamity in Greece & the Eurozone
FEB 18 - PSA's Ambassador Tom Miller, PSA Board member and former U.S. Ambassador to Greece, discussed implications of Greece's recent election and economic challenges in southern Europe. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.

Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Amb. Said Tayeb Jawad
MAY 27 - PSA hosted former Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Said Tayeb Jawad for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.

Off-the-Record with Michael Morell, Acting CIA Director (ret.)
FEB 9 - Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency joined alumni of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) for a discussion on America's critical national security and foreign policy challenges ahead.

To learn more about the CPP, visit www.psaonline.org/cpp

Spring 2015 CPP Retreat
MAY 16-17 - PSA Congressional Partnership Program participants joined an all-star group of foreign policy and national security experts for a weekend of thought provoking discussions and bipartisan team-building. Speakers included:David Sanger, Amb. James Jeffrey, and Adam Isacson

Crossing Cultures - CPP Alumni Share Insights with Young MENA Leaders
NOV 21 - Alumni of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program joined young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to exchange ideas on media, politics, and government. Thanks for the great opportunity UN Alliance of Civilizations!

Spring 2015 CPP Dinner with Dr. Richard Solomon
JUNE 22 - PSA hosted Dr. Richard Solomon, former President of the United States Institute of Peace, for an off-the-record dinner with the Spring 2015 class of the Congressional Partnership Program.

Understanding the Dynamics of Conflict in Yemen
MAY 11 -PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion on the recent conflict in Yemen, its impact on the surrounding region, and possible implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East. The discussion was led by Dr. Elie Abouaoun (USIP), Amb. (ret.) Barbara Bodine (Georgetown University,) and Dr. Graeme Bannerman (Middle East Institute).

CPP Alumni Dinner with Former Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
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NOV 18 - Former U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH) joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program alumni for a bipartisan dinner to discuss current international challenges facing U.S. policymakers and opportunities for improving cross-party engagement on critical foreign policy and national security issues.

New Dynamics in the U.S.-Afghanistan Relationship
MAR 30 -PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion of the current situation in Afghanistan and the status of U.S.-Afghan relations. The discussion was led by Nancy Lindborg, President of USIP, and Ambassador James Dobbins, former State Department Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

APR 20: Politics of a Nuclear Deal: Former U.S. & Iranian Officials Debate
APR 20 - An Iran Forum Series Event: Iran and the world's six major powers now face a June 30 deadline for converting a blueprint into a final nuclear deal. A unique panel of former U.S. and Iranian officials will assess the status of the talks and the political dynamics that will determine the fate of any agreement in Washington and Tehran. Join us for the discussion on April 20 at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Nigeria: Elections, Boko Haram & the Future of US Relations
FEB 19 - PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record congressional staff discussion with Amb. Johnny Carson and Susan Stigant focusing on U.S.-Nigerian relations in the face of recent political, economic, and security developments in Nigeria.

Defining U.S. Goals & Policy on Pakistan in 2015
JAN 15 - Pakistan experts Stephen Cohen (Brookings), Shuja Nawaz (Atlantic Council), and Moeed Yusuf (United States Institute of Peace) joined Capitol Hill staff to explore current issues surrounding the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

Congressional Working Series on Future U.S. Afghanistan Policy
OCT Series - As the last days of campaign season heated up outside the Beltway, PSA and USIP convened influential Capitol Hill foreign policy/national security staffers - Republicans, Democrats, House, Senate - over three weeks to dig deep on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan in pursuit of bipartisan solutions.

Briefing: The Role of Women in Counterterrorism
SEPT 17 - CAPITOL HILL PUBLIC EVENT Women play an important, but not as recognized role in counterterrorism worldwide. This briefing shed light on their roles in preventing terrorism and discussed the ideas of what The United States and international community can do to further integrate women in counterterrorism programs.

This briefing was organized by two participants in PSA's Congressional Partnership Program. Information on the CPP found at www.psaonline.org/cpp

Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations
JULY 20 - Beyond Ukraine: Addressing Implications for NATO, Europe, and U.S.-Russia Relations

While much of the policy debate around the conflict in Ukraine has been focused on short-term solutions such as providing lethal military aid, less attention has been paid to the broader security implications across Eastern Europe and the overall role of NATO in the conflict. This event will address why the conflict in Ukraine matters beyond immediate military and humanitarian intervention and will provide recommendations on the future of U.S. policy toward Russia.


The Flaw at the Heart of China's Reform Process: Implications for U.S.-China Relations
JULY 14 - Dr. Jamie Metzl, Co-chair of PSA's Board of Directors, discussed how domestic drivers are influencing China's foreign policy and diplomatic relations with the United States. This private lunch was for members of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program.

CPP Alumni Dinner with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad (ret.)
APRIL 8 - Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations, joined PSA to reflect on his experiences at the highest levels of government and discuss current international challenges facing policymakers. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.